Discourse on Creole Identity: from Ambivalence to Madness Post-Colonial Reading on Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea

Asep Subhan, Didimus E. Turuk

Abstract


The portrayal of creole identity is presented in several literary works, one of them is in the portrayal of Antoinette Cosway in Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea. Antoinette Cosway firstly is the minor character in Charlotte Bront Jane Eyre. The research traces the link between Antoinette Cosways creole identity with her madness. According to Bhabhas ambivalence theory, creole identity possibly creates a new identity as the result of interrelation between colonizer and colonized. Based on the research, Antoinette Cosway failed to create a new identity and became a madwoman instead. The cause is the complex situation faced by her and the lack of supporting aspects for constructing a new identity.

Keywords: creole identity, ambivalence, Antoinette Cosway, Homi Bhabha

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.24071/ijels.v5i1.2310

DOI (PDF): https://doi.org/10.24071/ijels.v5i1.2310.g1705

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Indonesian Journal of English Language Studies (IJELS) is published twice a year, namely in March and September, by the English Language Studies (ELS) of the Graduate Program of Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.